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OTOGH: Rangers in the outfield

Stubbs snubs Rangers:

Drew Stubbs, has exercised his escape clause of his minor league contract and the Rangers gave him his release. Stubbs who was having a great spring training  batting .324 in 37 at bats, made 3 successful steal attempts, was in a position to be a bench player for the Rangers but is seeking a full time position with another major league ball club. Personally I don’t blame him, who wants to ride the bench when you have something to give. I hope another team can use him an all his abilities.

guthrieThe Rangers also did not pick up Jeremy Guthrie’s option and he is no longer a Ranger, while I understand the stats, 5.14 E.R.A. with 7 innings of work and 5 SO. I feel this was a mistake, Guthrie is a team player and I feel he is going to make a comeback, whoever does pick him up is going to have a great player on their hands.

With so much Ian Desmond talk one can forget the other players, but while Desmond has a position in the outfield, the others such as a newly buff Ryan Rua, or should I say oh ah, because he has packed on the muscles and with that pack on some stats this spring. With 54 at bats, Rua is hitting .426 and has a OBP .456. Him and Justin Ruggiano, will back up Desmond, Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo, in the outfield.Rua (1)

The rotation is lining up as well, manager Jeff Banister is giving Cole Hamels the opening day start and the rotation looks like this until Yu Darvish comes back some time after memorial day. Cole Hamels, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Martin Perez, and A.J. Griffin.

The Rangers are in need of more catchers, Chris Gimenez, has a horrible ankle infection and is out right now, and the Rangers made a trade for a new catcher, they traded catcher Bobby Wilson to the Detroit Tigers along with Myles Jaye a RHP the Rangers acquired in a trade from the Chicago White Sox. The Rangers get Bryan Holaday with the Tigers he has a .281 avg and this spring he is .438 AVG in 16 games. To make room on the 40 man roster they designed for assignment Sam Freeman who this spring as a 5.68 E.R.A. during last season he had a 3.05 E.R.A. in 54 appearances

Well the minors broke camp and the rosters have been sent


MattBushRangersI have to say I am a little bit relieved to see Matt Bush on the Frisco roster, which for those who don’t know Frisco RoughRiders is the Rangers Double A team, Bush made his debut this spring after spending the last three years in prison. He did well this spring and threw up to 100 mph fastball. I am very concerned about his comeback, he needs a lot of support too much, in my mind. His dad traveled with him this spring and I don’t know if his dad is going to go follow him in Double A. While the Rangers lose very little on this transaction I feel they are playing with fire. Life of a ballplayer is hard and if addiction is in the mix that can be a recipe for relapse.

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